Feminist writer Naomi Wolf thinks Katy Perry’s new military-themed music video is “a total piece of propaganda for the Marines…I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it…It is truly shameful.” Is Katy Perry really that diabolical?
Madonna’s new album, MDNA, comes out next week. It’s supposedly a hark back to her house music days and is predicted to debut at No. 1 on Billboard.
That song “We Are Young” by Fun. is still the No. 1 track in the U.S.. See? Indie bands can be money-makers too!
While Pandora’s listener hours have doubled in the last year, the site is still profitless, its stocks are plummeting, and the U.K. still won’t let them in.
The Morning Benders changed its name to POP ETC because in Europe the word “bender” is a derogatory term for a homosexual male. Whoops!
The Mid-Atlantic College Radio Conference (Macrock) will kick off on April 6 in Harrisonburg, VA. The full lineup includes Valkyrie, Elephant Child, Ostrich, White Laces and more.
Google is really pushing its new “Play” feature. Google Play is basically just a rebranded Android market bundled with its cloud service. You can also buy books, movies and music on it, like a Google Amazon. Let’s hope it doesn’t go the way of the Plus.
Here is the full text of Bruce Springsteen’s great keynote speech at SXSW. And for the visually inclined, here’s the video.
Vevo chief Rio Caraeff said the war on Internet piracy is like the war on drugs: Both are unwinnable wars. After making that sweeping statement he said, “But that’s not necessarily the opinion of the industry, but I think the solution is to provide access to entertainment to as many people as possible, through a variety of different models—including the free models.”
Odd Future’s Loiter Squad debuted on Adult Swim on Sunday. It was “an awkward comedy puree of Jackass jackassery, Trigger Happy TV trolling and Portlandia character-driven parody sketches.”
Industry Wrap is a weekly CMJ column covering industry-related music news. Send tips to Kate Shapiro at kshapiro [AT] cmj [DOT] com.
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